And I’m not going to work. Tee hee hee.
Yes, I’m rubbing it in.
I got a large number of entries for the April contest, 375, to be exact. So many so, that I decided to draw two names at random and give away two copies of Dale Book 126. See? I’m a nice girl. Don’t believe what you hear.
The winners are:
Jo of JoKnits! and Julianne in Seattle.
Congrats to you both! Your prizes will be mailed by mid-week.
Cotton Bucket Hat
Because I was so remiss about photos of my works in progress on Friday, I felt guilty all weekend and had no fun at all. (Does anyone believe that?) so here, in all its lilac glory, is the start of the bottoms-up bucket hat:
Because I was so remiss about photos of my works in progress on Friday (see above) here’s a photo of the completed Colinette poncho:
Mmmmmmmm, yummy colors! I’ll post a photo later in the week of it being worn.
This is a very fast knit, as Kristine told me after she completed hers. I knit most of the second half of it Saturday night, while watching the movie “School of Rock” (which I recommend, by the way).
A nice thing about this design is that I’ve got lots of yarn leftovers! I weighed each of the six balls of yarn, and they all weighted more than 50 grams –more than half the skein. All but the Zanziba — there was about a third of a skein left of that. So one could easily make a second poncho if one wanted to purchase another skein of Zanziba. One could trade one’s leftovers with a friend!
Oh, and I did finish the first Flora sleeve. Here is a photo.
So Flora is on vacation too. Until Wednesday at 4:00pm, when she undergoes surgery on her uncut sleeve steek.
I started something new, too. This:
This is an Ann Norling pattern — “Checkerboard Shell.” Here’s a photo from the pattern:
I’m knitting it from Noro Lily yarn, which is a 70/30 cotton/silk blend in a dk weight. Hot pink color. Yarn and pattern purchased at Knit Happens.
Here’s a close-up of the basketweave stitch:
The yarn is quite nice to knit. The silk adds a nice sheen to the knitted fabric.
You may have noticed a post in my comments for Friday’s entry from an individual calling himself Austin. As clarification, Austin emailed me a while back, identifying himself as being 14 years old (though I didn’t know his gender until he left the snotty response to Vanessa’s comment addressing his first comment on Friday). This, I think, explains the somewhat childish and petulant tone of his comment, as well as the errors. When he contacted me the first time he said he had chosen me to act as his “knitting mentor.” For the record, I’ve responded to his emails, however, if I remember correctly, he emailed me from a Yahoo email address, not the address he listed in his comments. So perhaps he didn’t get them, or for some reason chose to ignore them.
No doubt there are other people who feel the same way about me as Austin does. You are entitled to your opinions.
However, I’d like to point out that my blog does not reflect my entire life, just a small slice of it. I almost never talk about my job, because I don’t think it’s appropriate content here, and because I work for a federal agency that has lately been in the limelight for a major initiative we are undertaking. But for all of you who don’t think you’re getting your money’s worth from me:
This is a personal website. You are not paying me anything to read it. No one is paying me to write it. No one is paying me to answer questions or figure out knitting problems. I do not consider myself a “knitting goddess,” just someone who loves to knit.
I am away from my home for work a minimum of eleven hours every weekday. I have a pretty demanding job that requires my attention and concentration during the day. I am my own sole support and don’t have a cook, or cleaning person, or any kind of help of that sort.
For over a year, my blog has been getting over 2 million hits a month, and in the month of March 2004, it went over 2.5 million. I know that a whole lot of that is repeat traffic, but that’s a lot of people reading me every day.
And I get email. Boy, do I get email. On a slow day I get 50-75 emails from people wanting help. Some of them I can help, some I can’t. A lot of people are asking me to search for patterns for them, decipher someone else’s pattern (rather than email the pattern author), or tell them what a certain yarn that I’ve never used is like. Those questions I can’t answer. The ones I can, I do.
So in the few hours of leisure time I have each day, I answer emails, take photos of my work, write my blog entry, work on my current charitable cause. Run errands, prepare meals, clean house. Oh, and try to get some knitting in. And maybe some sleep.
And in response to my alleged selfishness? I knit plenty for other people. I just don’t blog about knitting things for others, because many of the people I knit for read my blog, and I like my gifts to be surprises whenever possible. Duh. Not that who I knit for is anyone’s business anyway.
The friend who bought yarn for me to knit her a scarf has received gifts from me of a Dale of Norway sweater, a fair isle sweater, as well as several pairs of socks, mittens, and a Booga bag.
I donate to charity, and in the past year have hosted or cohosted three charity projects to which I contributed considerable time and expense. And oh yeah, I give stuff away every month in my contests.
I think Austin’s comment is a perfect example of why some children should not be allowed to use the internet without parental supervision. And Austin? That comment is going on your Permanent Record!
Of course, for every self-centered moron out there there are many more wonderful people. The online knitting community, for the most part, is a great place and I’ve met so many amazing people and made some wonderful friends. I’m not planning on leaving. I like it here.
So to all the Austins out there, I say a hearty “Bite me!”
Thank you for reading. For those of you who are still with me here — a picture of my Lucy.